Morning Skincare Routine Update

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It’s been quite a while since I did a morning skincare routine post, and a lot has changed so I felt it was time for an updated one. When it comes to my morning regimen, my makeup may vary from day to day, but I tend to keep the same skincare routine for a long time. Any new products I am testing out typically are tested in my evening routine because I can’t afford to have any issues during the day. The last thing I need is to have an allergic reaction or irritation from a product and have to get out the door to head to work. No thank you. So once I settle on a combination of products I like, I leave it there until I finish them up (or something else is good enough to catch my eye). Here is a look at my current morning skincare routine:
1. Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser – Sooo many mixed reviews on this product, and after using it I can understand why. The first time I applied it, I used 3-4 pumps and was left with the driest most uncomfortable skin imaginable. After reading some tips online, I amended my application to only one pump as recommended and it performed much better. Yup, “they” were right. The cleanser helps to make my skin feel fresh, clean and balanced each morning which is just what I need to wake me up. This is one of those times when I am glad I listened to the Internet.
2. REN Clarifying Toning Lotion – If I am not using my First Aid Beauty Blemish Patrol Pads during a breakout, I use this REN clarifying toning lotion after cleansing. I prefer to use an exfoliating toner for both my morning and evening routine and then follow it up with a hydrating mist (this one is a favorite) or balancing lotion/essence (alternating between this one and this one right now). The glycolic acid and salicilin in this toning lotion helps to remove any dead skin cells and purify congested skin, preparing my skin for the rest of the treatments.
3. Clarins Double Serum – I feel that you truly can’t call yourself a skincare lover until you have added this cult classic to your routine. Every time I have posted it on Instagram, the first thing everyone says is how much they love this serum. The bottle houses two different formulas that dispense simultaneously when you press the pump which is one of the coolest features of this serum. The fact that the ingredients are designed to help reactivate skin’s functions, reduce wrinkles, even skin tone and firm skin is just an added bonus. And for me this serum wears beautifully under makeup, and feels amazing on the skin. One pump is enough to cover my entire face and my skin immediately looks smoother. I feel this is the one serum that any age or skin type can use and should add to their routine.
4. REN T-Zone Balancing Day Fluid – Most moisturizers are too heavy or end up contributing to my mid day shine disaster. I have been on the hunt for a balancing or slightly mattifying face lotion that worked for my skin, and I found one just in time for the humidity and heat. This REN lotion absorbs instantly without any tackiness, and acts as the perfect base to apply my makeup or sunscreen. It gives my skin a natural matte finish and wears just as well in the cold weather as it does in the heat. Typically I follow it up with a sunscreen, and here is a prior post that I wrote featuring the ones I’m wearing this summer under my makeup.*please note the name for this product has changed and it is now the Clarimatte T-Zone Balancing Gel Cream*
5. Bakel Cool Eyes – I have a lot of trouble sleeping as well as the issue of waking up with intensely dry eyes so I need an eye cream that immediately helps soothe and hydrate. This has been my go-to eye cream for the past few months and I am loving it. For more details, check out the full review I did on this eye cream a few weeks ago.

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All About The Eyes

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I don’t feature a lot of eye creams on the blog because to be honest, they don’t excite me as much as cleansers, toners and masks. However, I do come across ones here and there that I really enjoy and naturally I have to share them with you. I have been playing around with two different eye creams for the past month or two, along with a new eye mask and they are making me quite happy. But not happy enough to smile, NO NEW WRINKLES. 🙂 

1. Sunday Riley Start Over Eye Cream – Yes another Sunday Riley product. Deal with it. I am constantly impressed with each skincare product I try from her line and this eye cream is no exception. I use it at night because I was not too fond of how concealer applied over, but in the evening it is delightful. It has an immediate tightening and brightening effect, and does wonders with puffiness for me. It has been one of the few eye creams I have used in a while that really seemed to make an impact. With that being said, I do have to mention that it can have a burning effect on the eyes for a quick minute. I had read in the reviews this could happen, so I was prepared. Yet, as soon as I closed my eyes for a few seconds, it went away. It did not happen each time, but was occasional – though not enough to deter me from using because the results were that good. 
2. Bakel Cool Eyes – The name could not be more perfect for this eye cream – “cool eyes”. Between the thin, hydrating gel/cream to the metal applicator that you can roll around under the eyes helping to immediately de-puff, this has been a morning savior. There have been a few mornings when sleep evaded me and this was the only thing that woke me up. Skincare always gets bonus points from me when makeup can be applied over top and this wins all the bonus points. Not matter what concealer I use, this preps the eye area perfectly. My peepers are very grateful.
3. Eyes by ToGoSpa – If you ever happen to pop by my apartment and find me walking around doing chores with these eye masks on, don’t be surprised. It’s a normal thing for me at this point. These are like a spa moment in a packet, and every woman (and man) should treat themselves to these. 15 minutes under the eyes and I feel like a year’s worth of sleepless nights are erased. And for the price point, these are easy to keep stocked in your medicine cabinet regularly. PJs, a robe and slippers are optional.

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